Let’s face it, not everyone feels at home in the kitchen. Some people just don’t have the time, while others may lack the patience. And, of course, many simply lack the skills to perform culinary magic. However, just because you’re not a gourmet chef yourself doesn’t mean you don’t enjoy watching others attempt such a feat. Baking shows, in particular, can be a lot of fun to watch because, well, who doesn’t love staring longingly at delicious, sugary treats for long periods of time? Luckily, Netflix has a wide selection of baking TV shows that are guaranteed to send your taste buds into overdrive. Heck, it may even inspire you to become a baking savant yourself. (Just kidding – let’s not go overboard here.)
Seriously, though, whether you want to learn more about baking or just revel in the art of baking perfection, Netflix has plenty of options that will keep you satisfied, entertained, and maybe a little hungry. So if all of this sounds like your cup of tea, check out some of the best baking shows currently available to stream and let the dessert begin. Enjoy your lunch!
The best of the best
1. Nailed it (2018)
While some baking shows may make you feel inadequate in the kitchen, this reality baking competition does the exact opposite. Home bakers do their best to replicate complicated confectionery masterpieces, and, well, it usually doesn’t work out the way they intended. Yes, the series is filled with plenty of fun baking faux pas, but that’s kind of what makes it so enjoyable (not to mention utterly relatable).
2. sugar rush (2018)
Now this is where some real baking skills come into play. Professional bakers in teams of two work together to beat their fellow competitors in three separate rounds of sweet-themed concoctions. The first round is centered around the cupcakes; the second round offers confectionery; and the third and final round is the dessert that provides the biggest sugar rush of them all: cake. The winning team receives $10,000. The stakes are high (and the calories too!). Of course, you probably won’t be able to recreate these delicious treats in your kitchen, but there’s nothing wrong with sitting down and admiring the handiwork of a professional. You’ll just want to be able to go to your TV and try out the creations for yourself.
3. Is it cake (2022)
You’d think it would be easy to tell if an inanimate object was really an object or made of cake – but this series somehow proves that theory wrong. The celebrity judges do their best to discern what’s cake and what’s not, leading to some pretty hilarious (and downright shocking) revelations. It just goes to show that sometimes a piece of cake isn’t always a piece of cake to detect.
4. The curious creations of Christine McConnell (2018)
Centered on baker and artist Christine McConnell, the series shows her making an array of dessert concoctions that usually possess a unique and spooky twist. From gingerbread haunted houses to wolf claw donuts, some of these recipes are so creative they’re downright scary.
5. The great British pastry fair (2010)
It would be criminal not to include one of the most important and beloved baking shows of all time. Heck, there’s even the word “awesome” in the title. You may be surprised at how invested you are with each bakery competitor. It’s the kind of wholesome fun that every member of the family can enjoy. It is important to note, however, that only seasons 8 and later are available on the streaming platform. However, that still leaves you with plenty of cooking content to keep you entertained for days and weeks to come. Additionally, a Great American pastry fair the spin-off is officially underway!
Even more delicious baking shows
- Crazy Delicious (2020)
- High sugar (2020)
- Cooking not possible (2021)
- Chocolate School (2021)
- Cooking team (2021)
- Zumbo’s Just Desserts (2016-2020)
- Sugar Rush Extra Sweet (2020)
- sugar rush christmas (2019)
- The great British pastry fair: the holidays (2018)
- Junior baking show (2011)
- Nailed it! Holiday! (2018)
- Nailed it! Mexico (2019)
- Nailed it! France (2019)
- Nailed it! Germany (2020)
- Nailed it! Spain (2019)
- Nadiya bakes (2021)